The 2019 James White Award competition is currently closed to entries.

We will reopen the competition in early 2020.

The closing date for this year’s competition was Friday 28, June at midnight (British Summer Time). It is our intention to announce the winner in August.

 Before you enter, please take note of the following:

Your story must be between 2000 and 6000 words long – we do not accept flash fiction or novel length works (or extracts). Your work must not feature settings or characters from copyrighted works (TV programmes, films or books by other writers) and must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

The James White Award is judged anonymously. You must remove your name and address from your manuscript and format it according to the rules.

You must read and agree to abide by the rules of the competition, failure to comply with the rules may result in disqualification. We also encourage you to take note of our advice for writers.

Online entries only. We will not enter into correspondence and cannot offer feedback on stories submitted.

The closing date for this year’s competition is Friday 29 June, 2019 at midnight (BST).

This year the winning story will receive £200 and will be published in a future issue of the UK’s leading science fiction magazine, Interzone.

The James White Award now only accepts online entries, via the form below (postal entries will not be considered).

Author name (required):

Pen name (if used):

Story title (required):

Length of your story (word processor word count):

Your email address (required):

Your postal address (required):

Upload your story here:
Click on the browse button to find your story on your computer and then click "Open" in the dialog box to add your file.
This form will ONLY accept files in rtf, doc, docx or odt format

Please enter the code below into the space provided (required):


By entering this competition I confirm that have read and understood the rules of the James White Award Short Story Competition and that I agree to abide by them. I understand that by entering this competition I accept that, if my story wins, it will be published in Interzone. I confirm that this story is my own work and does not contain characters or settings from works to which I do not own the copyright. I confirm that this story has not previously been published in any other format.

Click here to enter the competition:

After you submit your story, you should see a message below confirming that your message has been sent. You will also receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this email within 30 minutes or if you have any problems completing this form, please contact the awards administrator.